Public display of the Nazi swastika will be banned in Victoria. (Angelos Tzortzinis / AFP)

Victoria first state to ban Nazi swastika symbol

Victoria has introduced nation-leading legislation to ban the public display of the Nazi* swastika.

Under the Nazi Symbol Prohibition Bill, which was introduced by the state government on May 11, it will be a crime for a person to intentionally display the Nazi symbol in public.

Doing so could lead to fines of almost $22,000, 12 months imprisonment or both once the legislation is in effect.

It means Victoria will become the first Australian jurisdiction* to ban the public display of the Nazi swastika.

Anti-Defamation* Commission chair Dvir Abramovich said there was a “Nazi swastika epidemic” in Victoria, describing it as battle between “good and evil”.

“We have a Nazi swastika epidemic in this state,” he said. “Not a day goes by where we’re not seeing it graffitied or online or seeing it being sent through the mail or email.

“For a Holocaust* survivor to see a Nazi swastika graffitied or vandalised, it is as threatening as being faced with a gun. It tears a hole through their heart.”

Dr Abramovich called the announcement an “uplifting” and “triumphant” moment for all Victorians.

“A democracy* is not just about the rights that we have, it’s about what we are willing to tolerate,” he said.

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